Recently I was in a situation with one of our missionaries where they needed me to make a statement to a bunch of people in order to get things done. I asked the missionary, “Why do you want me to make this speech? Why is it that you want me to talk to these people?” His response was, “Because you have authority.”
Very interesting. The Bible teaches quite a bit about authority. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “Though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Two phrases jump out from that section of scripture. One is that we have divine power. Our authority is not in our words, or in our education, or in our ability to persuade people. No, our authority is in the power—the divine power—that has been given to us through the Holy Spirit. We use divine power to invade the soul and the mind of a person. I’m concerned that our churches and our fellow Christians try to do things in their own power. When we need to be tapping into that divine power.
The second phrase that jumps off the page for me is that we need to “take every thought captive.” That is amazing to me. I’ve been working with a lot of people recently who have had things spoken over them. Therefore, when they hear something said or they’re in a certain situation it triggers what’s been spoken over them, but the Bible says “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” There is a way for us to capture things that concern us and put them under the divine power that God has given us. We can then hold them captive; they cannot escape the power of Christ and they can no longer torment us. I think both the Church and those Kingdom followers need to understand and operate under the authority of the power of God to take every thought captive through the authority that’s been given to us by the person of Jesus Christ our Savior.